This body of work exhibited at design festivals and galleries in Newcastle upon Tyne, London and New York City consists of a series of artefacts created by Whittingham and the curation of the work by other designers responding to the briefs he set them.

Tools for Everyday Life is a practice based investigation into how the connection the skilled art/design/craft practitioner has with their tools can inspire the creation of products that meaningfully connect users to everyday tasks.

This project is informed by the craftsperson’s sensitivity to materials and processes and the value ascribed to the workmanship of risk. When much contemporary product design practice is concerned with the development of products activated by an effortless gesture, glance or digitally accumulated data, this research explores what might be gained by designing and making everyday products that promote the active rather than passive involvement of the user to the task at hand.


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